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Connecting Global Philanthropy to Community Philanthropy

Synergos Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2011–June 30, 2013
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The project goal is to raise awareness among individual philanthropists around the world about the value of community foundations. To this end, Synergos Institute will connect philanthropists with existing community foundations in their communities of residence and the regions of their philanthropy. Through research, surveying, mapping, site visits, convenings, and structured meetings, the project will strengthen the capacity and confidence of community foundations from developing countries in interacting with individual philanthropists. The project will mainly focus on, but not be limited to, members of Synergos’ Global Philanthropists Circle, approximately half of whom are from the Global South. The grantee will also make use of the expertise and relationships of its senior fellows who have strong connections to community foundations. Founded in 1986, the Synergos Institute promotes collaborative approaches that bring rich and poor together, along with other relevant groups and institutions, to overcome poverty and foster sustainable development in developing countries.